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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird And Wonderful
Some were made to write music and gather an audience. They sat in their bedrooms one day listening to Sonic Youth, Nirvana, perhaps even Pink Floyd, grabbed hold of a guitar given to them by a distant uncle or family friend, and started strumming and write lyrics from the heart and maybe even score a hit or two. Some however, were made to change how people like that see...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird And Wonderful, 6 Feb 2004
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S. Wright (Sheffield, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
Some were made to write music and gather an audience. They sat in their bedrooms one day listening to Sonic Youth, Nirvana, perhaps even Pink Floyd, grabbed hold of a guitar given to them by a distant uncle or family friend, and started strumming and write lyrics from the heart and maybe even score a hit or two. Some however, were made to change how people like that see music altogether.
Tool are different. They're like the boy who stands in the corner of the playground, that has no friends, and is seen as weird, but you just know that he's got something up his sleeve. He's thinking something. From the first song of Tool's 'Aenima' album, 'Stinkfist', you'll find that if you bully this little boy he'll bite, hiss and scream at you. And then some. 'Aenima' is the album that changed a lot of people's opinions on music while sitting in their rooms with a guitar, so Tool really had nothing to lose, and since Aenima for the most part was a damn vicious affair, it was about time Tool tampered with the quiet, the quiet-loud, and dare I say it, an even more experimental formula. When 'Aenima' was released, nothing else sounded like it, and still nothing does, so if there's one thing that you know about buying a Tool record, it's that you're getting something unlike anything else. And that extends much further than 'Aenima'.
'Lateralus' was much anticipated upon it's release, and rightly so, there aren't many bands who can leave their fan base for 5 years with no new material and get away with it. Something else that there isn't many of is a band actually going and pulling it off and releasing a belter...
'Lateralus' will please those who have much admiration for 'Aenima' and then impress the next generation too, because let's face it, since 'Aenima' was released a new generation has come around. A generation of people listening to Linkin Park and Evanescence to be precise...so if only we could get 'Lateralus' into every single one of those young persons houses. They wouldn't be disappointed that's for sure, Tool possess more time changes than any Linkin Park, contain more rage into nearly 80 minutes than any Papa Roach, and still come out of it with the now fragile listener actually pushing the play button once more. Having said that, amazingly I don't think that Tool are the greatest band in the world, but they're pretty damn close.
Once 'The Grudge' opens electronically, those familiar Tool styled guitars kick in, maybe sounding slightly different. The fact is that 'Lateralus' has been produced far more cleaner than 'Aenima' was. A lot of people complain that 'Aenima''s production was far too turgid and dirty, but it made the record what it was. They were dirty songs, they were huge pieces of mud put into beautiful arrays of music, whereas 'Lateralus' is a much cleaner and shinier effort, almost mechanical. In it's full length (and it is long) 'The Grudge' has more up and downs than a trip to the red light district of Amsterdam, with a stunning Maynard James Keenan howl lasting near on 20 seconds, adding yet more anger to a mix that makes you think that if you weren't already het up, then you will be now, and while 'Eon Blue Apocalypse' is only a starter for 'The Patient' it shows Kennan's vulnerable voice for all it is, before being hit by the loudest riff on the album so far, when 'The Patient' rears its ugly head. And again, while 'Mantra' is only a, I must say, weird way to introduce, 'Schism', it seems amazingly eerie and doesn't prepare you for the albums highlight, making Tool sound like a modern day Pink Floyd re-writing 'Wish You Were Here' for a new generation of angst loving paranoids. 'I know the pieces fit/but I watch them tumble over', sings Keenan more vulnerably than ever it seems, and you start to wonder at just track 5, what's going on inside Tool's head. You wonder if you can figure 'Lateralus' out. I wouldn't try. 'Parabol' is the sober ying to 'Parabola''s vicious yang, it basically being the same song only the previous being a much lighter and more atmospheric side, and the latter being a bile spitting attack.
The rest of the album follows suit in a similar vein that may tire you, and occasionally exhausts you, particularily in the latter stages of the album, though 'Ticks And Leeches' has a fine ending, and the last track on the album maybe being pointless, but showing a sense of paranoia and fear from a different spectrum, just as Tool have done since they're career began.
It's a thoroughly entertaining affair if you can take the OTT as ever prog, and the dark, dark atmosphere and the quiet-loud formula that Tool do so well. 'Thoroughly' is the correct word in this instance, because just listening to 'Lateralus', you can't help but feel that you've certainly got 5 years worth of work. In this instance, 'Lateralus' will last the listener a lot longer than however long it takes Tool to release their next opus, and that shows a band that has produced their work effectively. Since 'Aenima', Tool have grown up from the little boy standing in the corner, and have become a fully working unit that now commands a lot more respect but keeps his vulnerable edge inside more. But when it does come out it's as vicious and perhaps as harrowing as ever, if not more so. You may also play this to your kids in time to come when they're a little older. Perhaps Tool will still be around when they start rooting through your record collection and perhaps they'll take Lateralus upstrairs with them and pluck a few strings on the guitar that sat in your cupboard for so long, but no matter what should happen, 'Lateralus' is a modern day masterpiece of prog-metal that should go down on the classics list. Not many little boys can say they've grown up to such prestigious things now, can they?
4.5 Stars.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding., 20 Aug 2007
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This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
Reading some of the "if you can appreciate it" "if you can understand this", "I would'nt recommend this to start off on Tool, you should try aenima" ..etc etc has prompted me to do so.
There is no ideal place to start with Tool, just start.
This album is heavy, if you don't like heavy rock/metal you probably won't like this. If you have an inclination to listen to this type of music then I cannot recommend this album highly enough. The music is amazing, nothing technically difficult in the guitar/ bass playing lots of polyrhytmic drumming, which is excellent. The album is a rollercoaster ride, musically and lyrically. Soft sudddenly becoming heavy. Maynard is a great singer and his lyrics are mind blowing, if a little cryptic. Perfect if you like philosophy. The lyrics are not in the liner (go to the band website for these)...which is all Alex Grey paintings, again if you like spirituality and philosophy.
Musically and Lyrically this album is one which will encourage you to think. Should you choose to do so. You could just as easily "headbang" to it. As for coming to a conclusion on what it all means....well thats entirely up to you. The Individual.
This album is stunning...try it (Listen to it a few times and you won't be able to stop). Then go see them live. I doubt you'll be let down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Review Needed For You, 9 July 2002
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J. B. Murray "Everyone makes mistakes. Thats ... (Pontefract, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
In the scope of the history of the earth, five years isn't a long time. It's a mere millisecond in the hundreds of millions of years that this planet has existed. In the music industry, however, 5 years is a millennium. And when you're Tool, five years should have been way too long to stay in the hearts and minds of hard rock fans everywhere. Music fans have a strong tendency to forget and then, forget some more. No one cares what you did five years ago. That is why its all the more impressive that Tool was able to remain in the spotlight even after 5 years in between albums.
They headlined the last Lollapalooza tour in 1997, and then, the next summer, they headlined the Ozzfest, going on right before the man himself, Ozzy Osbourne did. They went through a prolonged court battle with their record label that delayed them even getting into the studio to record the follow up to 1996's brilliant Aenima. The band released a live DVD/CD box set, which was moderately successful. Then there was lead singer Maynard James Keenan's side project, A Perfect Circle. That band went platinum and toured successfully while the finishing touches were put on the new Tool record. And then, finally, FINALLY, after 5 years, in May of 2001, Tool released their third full-length album, Lateralus. The question of course was "was it worth the wait?" The answer is undoubtedly and unanimously a "yes."
The music of Tool is an unbelievable thing...
It is hard and aggressive, yet flowing and melodic.
It is angry and sadistic, yet calm and relaxing.
It is sullen and haunting, yet smart and illuminating.
It will have you banging your head and thrashing about in a fit of rage one minute, and then lead you seductively into quiet contemplation the next.
It is art.
Tool is based on teamwork and the chemistry between the band members. Each musician has the one special thing they do and do well. Each talent gets showcased in its own due time or all at the same time. Sometimes it all comes together to incite screaming and release-type behaviour. However, there are also moments where the songs are calm and entrancing enough, you could even meditate to it if you were feeling froggy.
The guitars are luring and intoxicating, a sound of true beauty, whether crunching with hostility or flowing like a winding stream.
The drums are completely astounding. I personally don't think I've ever listened to a band that places so much emphasis on the artistic talent of their drummer. Sometimes all other instruments are silent while the drums simply pound away in their own captivating pattern.
Maynard's voice is one all it's own. It is not typical of what people expect of a metal/hard rock act. His sound is pure and clear and clean, although he occasionally proves that he can scream like he's dying if he wants to. While his voice is usually quite subdued, sometimes fighting for attention over the music, it is always heard and always given authority. No one can sound as sweet and evil at the same time as Maynard.
I hear a lot of people describe Tool as dark. In fact, that is probably the most common adjective I've heard in association with them. I personally don't really see it that way. Granted, the sound and style is haunting and overpowering, but it is anything but wicked. Maybe people gather from some of the subject matter that Tool is dark. After all, it seems that the very nature of the band's message is to question everything. They speak a lot of taboo, digging up dirt that people don't want to face, forcing them to question everything they've ever been told. The message of Tool is not one of evil, it is one of using your own mind to think and experience life for yourself. It is about not confining yourself to other people's rules and boundaries. It is about not believing in what everyone else believes just because you are told to, and just because it is accepted and expected as "normal." On the album Ænima, Tool was actually in fact very dark because their typical message was inspired by anger and frustration. However, I don't find this to be the case on Lateralus.
Controversial? Yes.
Thought-provoking? Yes.
Inspirational? Yes.
Dark? Not really...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Original Album Ever Made, 29 Jun 2002
This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
Lateralus is quite simply the best of all of tool's albums. Lateralus offers lyrics that no other artist has offered in mainstream music so far. From The Grudge (which is about the orbit of saturn and a grudge between two people) to parabola (apparently about the bond between two metaphysical bodies) tool gives us a very different aspect of the band musically and lyrically, for example, the tracks disposition and reflection are not rock at all. The main instrument in both tracks is the tabla (an indian drum) which helps give the tracks a very spiritual feeling. Another good aspect is the lack of "skits" e.g cesaro to suimmability (aenima). The three skits in this album are very good however and are worth listening to. Eon blue apocalypse is a basic guitar prelude to the track the patient. And if you are a fan of the guitar you will really appreciate it! Mantra is....strange and apparently the sound of Maynard's cat when he sqeased it.(?!?!?!?)But kind of sets the tone for schism, one of the best tracks on the album. And finally faaip de oaid which is about a former scientist who is talking about aliens etc. It has danny playing the drums in the backround while the scientist is talking. Beware, do not listen late at night with no lights as it is very eerie! It is a very good ending to a brilliant album. If you are a fan of tool, and you do not have this album, kick yourself, ask why you haven't purchased it already and buy it immediately. No music fans collection is complete without it. Also, to those of you who have seen tool's video's and have been put off by it, don't be. I was at first too, but it is the music that counts. Just listen to the music and close your eyes whilst the video plays! And finally do not get too influenced by the reviews, whether they have or have not convinced you to buy a tool album. My advice? Listen to the samples, and see if tool is for you. If you are a fan of the more mtv friendly a perfect circle you may not like tool as they are very musically different and are much more philosophical and i suppose weird! But if you like bands like the deftones who are very musically different to most bands and like bands who are not mainstream etc. buy lateralus. Above all sample the tracks. Now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Genius, 31 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
Wow. This album truly has pushed the boundaries of metal so far they can't be seen, but how on earth are they gonna top this? If you are one of the minority that have never heard of Tool, or vocalist Maynard James Keenan's other band A Perfect Circle, and you consider yourself a rock fan, you must hear, no, OWN this album. The album starts, as with the other Tool albums, with Danny Carey doing some tribal drumming, before the bass and guitars kick in, and the album really gets started. By the time Keenan's vocals start, the song has mellowed a little, but by the time he's finished, it's exploded into a amazing song, which sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the album. Although at this point the album goes into a slight bad patch, with two instrumental songs and a mellower number, the rest of the album more than makes up for it. The next song, SCHISM, is the only one on the album to have a promo video, and it showcases Keenan's vocal talents, and the quality of the band as musicians, but it's the next two tracks, PARABOL and PARABOLA, in which the album becomes life changing. PARABOL is a beautiful mellow number, which serves as a perfect intro to PARABOLA, by far the catchiest track on the CD, with it's grinding guitars, brutal drumming and yet more vocal harmonies from Keenan. These two are excellent, but they don't even compare to the next track, TICKS AND LEECHES. The song starts with possibly the greatest drum intro in the world, before turning into an awe-inspiring Arabian sounding riff. The title track, LATERALUS, is another superb track, with a lengthy intro giving way to another excellent riff, and more quality drumming. The next three tracks effortlessly blend into each other to staggering effect, before the last track, FAAIP DE OPIAD, comes, putting an amazing end to a mind-bending and phenomanomaly original album. Although you may not like it on first listen, repeated listens will revealit to be one of the best album ever created. Lateralus will change your life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Epic Epic music, 23 May 2006
This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
I have been a Tool fan for a while now and have recently come back to this album after buying 10000 Days recently. Lateralus stands out for Tool as a bit of crucible performance. The band members have really learned to emote through these songs. Blazing riffs and soaring lyrics allow the listener something truely rare...escape to another place completely. If you're into metal bands with a harder edge and your brain is still connected to your soul then you wont be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary classic., 25 Jan 2005
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Where to start... Tool have been one of my favourite bands for a while now, and without question Lateralus is where that started out. Danny Carey (drummer) is one of a kind, and his thunderous, rhythmically complex style is certainly the heart of the band. Chancellor (bass) and Jones (guitar) excel in both hard-driving rhythms and ambient soundscapes, and the juxtaposition of the two is one of Tool's trademarks. And the soul of the band is Maynard's intense and inimitable vocal style, twisting and turning throught the sonic landscapes created by the rest of the band.
Every song on this album is a classic. But a few key moments to watch out for are the entirety of Schism, especially the climax, the transition between Parabol and Parabola, the harmonic ambience of Disposition, the percussive and vocal insanity that is Ticks and Leeches, and the towering, musical behemoth that is Lateralus itself.
Prog is not dead, it has simply evolved. Thank you Tool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful, 4 Nov 2003
This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
I am a fan of all music; heavy rock, classical, opera, pop. The works, you name it, and i'll probably like something in the genre.
With many favourite musical moments, it would be hard to pick out a favourite, which is why i was so totally blown away by lateralus; it transcends anything i have ever heard.
Hailed as one of the best progessive rock bands does not do them justice. They are one of the best bands over all.
I am a drummer (albeit it a fairly poor one) and knowledgable of the song "making" process, and workings of bands, but every song of lateralus is so truly original in its construct, there were moments I simply looked at my cd player with stunned admiration.
Agreed, great production can help a band sound good, but only to a certain extent. The collective effort of tool and their producers, has yielded a recording that sounds faultless. The harmony of the instruments is awe inspiring. The producers and the band deserve enormous credit. The obvious talent the musicians have for their instruments is unquestionable. Chord changes are rapier fast, with a surgical precision. The drummers rhythms are metronomic. I was astounded by the introduction to track 8; it takes skill to play an instrument that consistently. The singer has an immensely versatile voice, from (musical) screaming to quiet melodies, he achieves all with equal assuredness. These praises only relate to their musical talent, as songwriters and makers of good songs they are superb: to produce 13 conceptually original songs, with equally appropriate, intelligent, lyrical subjects can't be that is easy. But i get the impression with this band it is, and that makes me jealous! I cannot imagine the effort put into making such an effortless sounding record. I would give my left arm to create even one song, to the standard this band achieve so consistently.
Most bands fall into the trap of releasing albums with a few good songs, and filling the rest with substandard material. Although record companies must be held partly responsible for this, I cannot think of a weak spot on lateralus.
This is not simply a heavy rock record. I dont really know how to categorise it. Certainly, it is loud, with distorted guitars, pounding rhythms and basslines so chunky you could chew them, but it is so intoxicatingly musical also. No pop here. Indeed, the only influence there seems to be to this band, is the limitless imagination of the musicians. Uncategorisable, and very very good. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
and i hear that aenima is even better! my word...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing, 11 May 2003
This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
Words simply cant describe my love for this masterpiece and Tool.
From the opening beat of The Grudge to the crazed ramblings of Faip De Oiad, THIS is what Tool are all about. Amazing vocals, amazing guitar work and amazing drumming.
The songs:
The Grudge - Awesome, simply awesome. Maynard is better than ever and his 20+ second scream is breath taking. 5/5
Eon Blue Apocalypse - Short intro to.......
The Patient - Slow, mellow and beautiful. The slowest song on the album and easily one of the greatest. 5/5
Mantra - Intro to.....
Schism - Marvellous song, heavy chorus in the middle, and slow thought provoking verses. 5/5
Parabol - Lovely short intro, but a song in itself. 4/5
Parabola - Yes, oh yes. Stunning. This is up there as one of my all time favourites and was actually my first Tool song i heard. Love it. 5/5
Ticks & Leeches - Heaviest on the album, and arguably Tool heaviest ever. Amazing drum solo kicks it off before Maynard shows us just how vesatile his voice is and screams and makes noises not heard by him previously. Slows down towards the middle giving you the chance to catch your breath before exploding again. 5/5
Lateralus - The title track and following Tools tradition of going all out on title tracks, is awesome. Over 9 minutes of musical greatness. 5/5
Disposition - The next 3 songs in reality, could have been one long song as they all seem to fit perfectly together, but they arent and each are great in thier own ways. 4/5
Reflection - Longest on the album, tribal sort of sound to it, and very relaxing. 5/5
Triad - Absolutely stunning instrumental, intense drumming and guitars and shows how technical Tool can be.5/5
Faip De Oiad - I would have liked Tool to close with a epic song like they did on Aenima, but alas they didnt and we got this. Its strange distorted sounding with a man rambling on about Area 51 and aliens. Wont give it a rating as its not really a song.
There we have it, like Aenima its musical perfection.
Admitedly i do favour Aenima over Lateralus, but its still an AWESOME album.
If the rumours of this being Tools final album are unfortunately true, at least they went out with a bang and left us with some of the most influencial artistic music of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply life-changing, 7 Jun 2005
This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
a simply amazing album! Although loud with mashing guitars and hammering drums this album cannot fall into the categories of heavy metal or heavy rock. it is completely isloated as it is so different from any other kind of music.
the album first introduces us to the amazing The Grudge, with it's excellent intro and amazing chorus. the great intro starts with drums and slowly all the other instruments crash into the album producing an amaxing chorus. this is the best track in the album, only to the commercial song Schism.
Schism is a impressive mix of mystical lyrics, disturbing morals and just pure emotional. with the hammering drums in the background and beautiful guitar play the song seems to keep a mellow and sorrow sound with you easily humming along to the words.
the album then leads us onto the duo of parabol and parabola. essentially the same song except that parabol seems much more heartfelt and relaxing which without pause crashes into the raw, heavy parabola.
this album (like radiohead's ok computer) is an album that there are no apparant singles, yet the high quality of songwriting is throughout the album. you have to listen to the album from start to end to really apprieciate this amazing recording. the emotion throughout the album is tremendous and you feel proud that you own such a ground-breaking album.
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